THE appointment of former KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Cele has drawn varying responses.
There are those who believe Cele is the right man because of his "tough-talking cowboy image".
A poll conducted by Sowetan on-line shows that 71,24 percent of readers are happy with Cele's appointment.
This does not come as a surprise because most of the on-line readers are middle class professionals who, because of their relative material wealth, are normally targeted by marauding criminals.
Lest this be read to mean that the poor and working classes are less susceptible to the ravages of the criminal element, the numbers show the poorest are most vulnerable when crime escalates.
So to all who are concerned someone like Cele, who has promised to take on the criminals, is what this crime-ridden nation needs.
On the other hand there are those who describe him as a populist who thrives on controversial statement such as telling the police to aim at the criminal's heads when they shoot.
There are also those who feel Cele is just a political appointment, with Zuma ensuring that the security cluster is run by someone loyal to him.
Whether Cele is or is not the right man for the job has now become a moot point.
What is important is that he translates his statements into action and rid our society of the miscreants turning the lives of law-abiding citizens into misery.